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From the Dean
We're all familiar with the health concerns facing Florida and the nation today: escalating levels of chronic disease and disability and
a rapidly growing number of people without health insurance or proper access to care. For the first time in our nation's history, experts
believe that today's children may have a lower life expectancy than their parents.
At the College of Public Health and Health Professions, our work is driven by a vision of Florida Tomorrow. It is our hope that our
research, teaching and service will build a healthier future for individuals and communities. One in which research advances improve
the quality of life for people with disabilities and chronic illness, all Americans receive the health care they need, and prevention pro-
grams change the current course of spiraling rates of disease.
To accomplish these goals, our college has introduced a unique model that focuses on the integration of our longstanding programs
in individual patient care with public health problem-solving. We believe this perspective is essential, especially given the challenges
facing the American health care system.
The College of Public Health and Health Professions is deeply committed to our mission of preserving, promoting and improving the
health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals. Our faculty and students will lead the way in this effort and pri-
vate support through endowed professorships and scholarships will ensure that the college can attract the best in our fields. With your
help, we can offer our children a healthier future. I invite you to support the College of Public Health and Health Professions as we
shape a healthy Florida Tomorrow.
Michael G. Perri, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions
The Promise of Tomorrow
The University of Florida holds the promise of the future:
Florida Tomorrow a place, a belief, a day. Florida Tomorrow is
filled with possibilities. Florida Tomorrow is for dreamers and
doers, for optimists and pragmatists, for scholars and entrepre-
neurs, all of whom are nurtured at Florida's flagship university:
the University of Florida, the foundation of the Gator Nation.
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the College of Public Health
and Health Professions, we believe it's an opportunity, one filled
with promise and hope. It's that belief that feeds the university's
capital campaign to raise more than $1 billion.
The Florida Tomorrow campaign will shape the university, cer-
tainly. But its ripple effect will also touch the state of Florida,
the nation and the entire world. Florida Tomorrow is pioneering
research and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile envi-
ronment for inquiry, teaching and learning. It's being at the
forefront to address the challenges facing all of us, both today
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals
TOTAL $13 million
Florida Tomorrow is a place
where we foster healthy populations, healthy communities and
One Step at a Time
One moment Paul Schauble was enjoying a bicycle ride; the
next he was staring at the sky.
Schauble, a professor and licensed psychologist at the
University of Florida's Counseling Center, was riding his bicycle
in his Gainesville neighborhood in March 2001 when a dog darted
into his path. Schauble's feet were strapped into the pedals and
he flew over the handlebars.
"I lay there stunned and kept trying to move and when I
couldn't, I realized that I was paralyzed," Schauble says.
Initially unable to move anything but his lips to speak,
Schauble slowly regained some degree of motor function during
weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation, but his ability to walk
was severely limited.
A research program on UF's campus helped Schauble get
Led by Andrea Behrman, an associate professor of physical ther-
apy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, the
locomotor training program helps retrain the legs of patients who
still have some function below the level of their spinal cord injury.
As they walk on the treadmill, patients are partially supported
by a specially designed harness. Therapists guide patients' legs
and ensure proper gait.
The intensive training helped Schauble go from a shuffling gait
with the assistance of a walker to independent walking with the
help of a cane for longer distances.
"The therapists basically retrained me to walk," he says.
Schauble is now back doing many of the things he enjoyed
before the injury, including spending time with his grandchildren,
even getting up and down from the floor unassisted to join them
"My wife and I often talk about what a lucky break this has
been for me," he says. "If I had experienced this injury 20 years
ago or I lived in a place where the therapy wasn't available, I
would have a much different quality of life than I do now."
Florida Tomorrow is a day
when all individuals have equal access to health care.
Women and Health
Women with physical disabilities have the same or greater risk
of developing breast cancer as other women, but behavioral and
environmental barriers can contribute to lower rates of breast can-
cer screening for women with disabilities.
To overcome those challenges, Ellen Lopez, an assistant pro-
fessor in the University of Florida's College of Public Health
and Health Professions' Department of Behavioral Science
and Community Health, has partnered with the Center for
Independent Living of North Central Florida in researching the
facilitators and barriers to recommended breast cancer screen-
ing for women with physical disabilities. The study is named
WITH-USS: Women's Independence Through Health-Universal
"Personal attitudes and beliefs, along with environmental
obstacles such as inaccessible transportation, health care facilities
and medical coverage issues put women with disabilities at risk
for late breast cancer diagnosis and poor health outcomes," Lopez
says. "In addition, the disability itself can pose a barrier when it
becomes the sole focus of a woman's interaction with her health
Lopez and her research team conduct in-depth interviews with
women with disabilities and health care providers to learn their
perspective on cancer screening facilitators and barriers.
Additionally, several women are trained and given digital cam-
eras to take photographs during a health care visit. The goal is to
create narrated slideshows that allow women to literally "show
and tell" their breast health care experiences.
"We are assessing the feasibility and benefits of using photog-
raphy as another way for women with disabilities to voice their
perspectives to others," Lopez says. "We are interested in know-
ing how empowering and useful this method is as a research and
educational tool, and its capacity to enable women with disabil-
ities to take control of how their lives are shown, discussed and
relayed to others."
Lopez is leading a statewide public education campaign to dis-
seminate health promotion materials and messages about the
importance of breast health screening for women with phys-
ical disabilities through the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention's Right to Know campaign.
"The lack of breast cancer screening for women with physi-
cal disabilities is a significant public health concern for Florida as
nearly one in five women in our state are living with at least one
disability," Lopez says. "To our knowledge, Right to Know is one
of the few campaigns specifically designed for women with phys-
"Ultimately," she says, "we are striving to create more oppor-
tunities for women with disabilities to not only better understand
the importance of their own health behaviors, but to advocate for
environmental changes that impact their lives and well-being."
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Florida Tomorrow is a belief
that collaboration between health professions and public health
disciplines will solve complex problems and serve as a model for
education, research and service.
Priscilla Milliman considers herself an experienced driver. A
Southern California native, she learned to drive as a teenager
by navigating the Los Angeles-area freeways and has driven in
urban areas most her life.
But at 75, Milliman, of Gainesville, had been reluctant to drive
outside of the city limits, feeling insecure on the interstate and in
heavy traffic. And as an avid tennis player, she also recognized
that her physical reaction time had slowed in recent years.
So she turned to the University of Florida's National Older
Driver Research and Training Center at the College of Public
Health and Health Professions for help in making a decision
about her driving abilities.
The National Older Driver Research and Training Center is
the nation's leading research and service center dedicated exclu-
sively to older drivers. Directed by William Mann, chair of the
Department of Occupational Therapy, the center aims to keep
seniors independent within the community by prolonging safe
driving abilities and, for those unable to continue driving safely,
the center offers alternatives to driving.
Center researchers are also working to determine which meth-
ods are best for evaluating seniors' driving abilities. And the
center's assessment program, Independence Drive, offers physi-
cal, vision and cognitive testing, as well as assessments of on-road
An assessment demonstrated that Milliman is a safe driver,
but the results confirmed her suspicion that she was too cau-
tious in her driving at times so she scheduled a training session at
Independence Drive to brush up on some driving tips.
The assessment and training has helped Milliman feel more
secure in her driving skills and given her hope that as a socially
active senior who loves to travel, she can return to driving on
"I feel like I'm a better driver than I thought I was and that
gives me more confidence," she says. "My goal is to drive to
Jacksonville International Airport and St. Augustine with confi-
dence. This would be an achievement for me."
Our Vision of Tomorrow
Fifty years ago the College of Public Health and Health
Professions was formed to provide an educational model missing
in the United States, and today our college has again introduced
a unique model that focuses on the integration of public health
problem-solving and individual patient care in an effort to solve
today's complex health issues.
As a fully developed college of public health with a legacy as
a top college of health professions, the issues and challenges of
chronic diseases and disabilities are a natural fit. Within this com-
plicated set of health problems, we must also address such critical
public health challenges as disparities in health status and health
care, the effects of natural and human-made disasters on people
with these health concerns, and many other factors.
The college will achieve our mission of preserving, promoting
and improving the health and well-being of populations, commu-
nities and individuals through collaborations among our experts
in public health and health professions on education, research
To achieve this mission, the college's goals include:
Provide excellent educational programs that prepare gradu-
ates to address the multifaceted health needs of populations,
communities and individuals.
Conduct research and disseminate findings that are responsive
to the nation's priority health needs.
Serve as leaders in the public health, health practice and health
service communities through our innovative, collaborative
approaches to intervention, professional practice and policy.
To support these goals, the college has established a $13 million
fundraising goal, which would fund professorships and scholar-
ships that will help us recruit and retain the best and brightest,
bringing us closer to our vision of a tomorrow with healthy popu-
lations, healthy communities and healthy lives.
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